The Sewer Den Experimentation

Ghosts, ghouls, and ninjas! The spooky season is upon us once again. And it wouldn't be Halloween if the green machines didn't make a chilling contribution. With Nickelodeon's show in full force, the world is swarming in TMNT merchandise that is silly and scary.

I was lucky enough to get this wacky "Pumpkin Push-In" decoration as a gift. You stab Leonardo's limbs and head into your pumpkin, giving the gourd a shot of Turtle Power. It's a simple gimmick that takes zero effort and perfect for those with little time to spare.

No mess? I want mess! For me, carving jack-o'-lanterns has always been a staple of the season. It's an activity to express your creativity without judgements. Halloween embraces the eccentric. It's the one time of year you're encouraged to be weird!

Could I transform this simple pumpkin decoration into a weirder, more mutated Halloween prop? I embraced my inner Dr. Frankenstein and attempted to fuse iconic Halloween symbols with my newly acquired TMNT pumpkin decoration.

Would this experiment be silly, fun, or just weird? To quote Dr. Frankenstein himself, "Crazy, am I? We'll see whether I'm crazy or not."

Even a mad scientist puts his toes into the water before diving in. The decoration called for a large pumpkin, but having a tiny laboratory (a NYC apartment), limits my space for testing. I commenced experimentation using a miniature pumpkin.

Although amusing to the eye, the exercise didn't produce the desired results. Sure, it's cute, but I want weirder! Science steeped in freaky would be the only indicator of success.


Candy apples, bobbing for apples, apple picking, apple pies - the fruit is quintessential during the Halloween season. Despite its classic status, could I successfully merge it with the TMNT decoration?

Half fruit, half ninja, and only half weird.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it lures in the crazies during Halloween. 


Trick or Treat your way to rotted teeth. Halloween delivers endless sugary treats. Experimenting with candy is like testing a lab rat. There's plenty available. At least with candy, you can eat it after testing.

The king of lab rats - a Pumpkin-shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Despite the candy's iconic status, the outcome is underwhelming. All experimentation has its inevitable failures, and this is one of them. Not weird, just uncomfortable in appearance. However, there is a silver lining. This misstep contains peanut butter and chocolate!


The superstitious critter lurks in the shadows every Halloween season. Catch a glimpse and your luck is sure to expire. This beast is the perfect specimen to perform such a maniacal procedure.

We're inching closer to pure lunacy. Teenage Mutant Ninja Meow is a step in the right direction.

The loony opportunity was perfect on paper. We're on the brink of a scientific discovery. BUT, the experimentation envelop can still be pushed...


Already being deranged in appearance, the gourd was a clear candidate for the final phase of experimentation. Could it provide that perfect blend of Turtle Power and insanity? A mad scientist can only dream...

My calculations were correct. The results are...beautifully demented! A scientific breakthrough! It doesn't get any weirder than this.

"Oh, in the name of God! Now, I know what it feels like to be God!"


Whether it's the TMNT "Pumpkin Push-In" decoration or something spookier, go crazy this Halloween. Embody Dr. Frankenstein and experiment with your creativity. There is nothing scarier than your own imagination...especially when you toss Turtle Power into the mix. Happy Halloween, dudes & dudettes!

Is there something you'd like to see The Sewer Den experiment on?


  1. Dear lord. Funniest post yet! Seriously, just weird and hysterical. Perfect Friday fodder. My fav... TMNT cat, hands down!

  2. Oh man, that was awesome! You had me cracking up over here. Great post!

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    1. After I snapped all these photos, I saw a pumpkin pie cannoli at the store. Does that count?


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